This report identifies the steps needed to expand domestic and family death review mechanisms to all Australian jurisdictions and to ensure that recommendations made to Federal Government agencies in death review processes are actioned. Australian data on domestic and family violence death is limited.
Data from the Australian Institute of Criminology shows of the 479 homicides in Australia from 2010 to 2012, 196 occurred in a domestic context. This is 40 percent of all homicides in Australia.
Over the same period, 34 children under the age of 18 were killed by a parent or step-parent. The average age of the children at the time of death was just under 7 years old. (Read more from Kate Jenkins Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Professor Gillian Triggs President of the Australian Human Rights Commission here.
The Report aims to:
- highlight the importance of domestic and family violence death review mechanisms in Australia,
- identify the steps needed to expand the function to jurisdictions where it does not exist; namely Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory. identify how to better ensure national coherence of data, and
- identify mechanisms to ensure that recommendations made to Federal Government agencies in Death Review processes are actioned.